The pandemic had adversely affected the mental health of nurses along with many other health care personnel. Even before the emergence of this virus, front-line workers experience many stressors; thus, it is significant for the health care systems to support novel ways and provide access to quality care to assist their employees.
Nurse burnout is a widespread phenomenon characterized by a reduction in nurses’ energy that manifests in emotional exhaustion, lack of motivation, and feelings of frustration and may lead to reductions in work efficacy (Mudallal et al., 2017). The long hours and pressure of caring for many patients has caused strains on their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. As a nurse, it is our goal to ensure the safety and lives of our patients, which can be endangered due to this mental health concern. Due to high levels of pressure and demand, nurses tend to experience burn-out more often as ever leading to a high number of nurses retiring.
Nursing burnout can manifest in several ways, but it is typically associated with a few symptoms, including exhaustion, job disatisfication, feeling undervalued, and being continually overworked. Burnout affects healthcare employees in a variety of ways when their job asks too much of them physically and psychologically for too long.
Causes of Burnout in Nurses:
Burnout is an occupational issue, according to the World Health Organization. There are several factors that meet the criteria such as chronic disease increasing and the growing demand for nurses as the Baby Boomer generation ages.
However, the rapid rate of this growth has resulted in increasingly understaffed hospitals, overworked nurses, and nurse burnout. Due to long hours of duties, lack of sleep, high stress workplace, lack of support, emotional strain from patient care, hazards of nursing, burn-out, turnover, decreased quality of care, and mortality are some of the reasons for burn out.
Tips on Preventing Nurse Burnout
To prevent burnout, nurses must practice selfcare and mindfulness. This involves having as much control over one's schedule and avoiding overburdened obligations. Nurses should develop strong interpersonal relationships, set clear boundaries between work and personal life, enlist professional resources, focus on self-care, making sleep a priority, seek out regular therapy or assistant programs and most importantly, care for your physical and mental health.
Nurses play such a crucial role in our society and managing burnout in the workplace is a top priority at Reliable Healthcare Staffing. We provide flexible scheduling options, advocate for our employees and clients and ensure that every duty is organized and prepared. Aside from very competitive salaries and efficiency, we are here to provide stress-free tax compliance as we are a W2 tax employee. We care for our staff and being reliable in any form of resource is our top priority.
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